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Hot Briquetted Iron (HBI) is a compacted form of DRI designed for ease of shipping, handling, and storage. It is a steelmaking raw material containing ~90-94% total iron in nearly pure form, used in electric arc furnace (EAF)
and basic oxygen furnace (BOF) steelmaking and for blast furnace ironmaking applications.
Figures above are HBI shipment volumes to 3rd party purchasers in the regions shown [demand data thus exclude HBI production volumes for in-house use]. Tonnages are metric and describe internationally traded supply. From the supply-side, the main deliveries were from Venezuela (2.84 mt), Lebedinsk (2.16 mt), Antara Steel (0.533 mt), Quatar Steel (0.281 mt) and LISCO (0.233 mt).
All figures are provided courtesy of the Hot Briquetted Iron Association [www.hbia.org]. For earlier figures see our earlier HBI demand page. For further HBI information kindly please contact Frank Griscom of the HBIA.
Note that deliveries of HBI to North America dropped dramatically in 2009, fueled somewhat by the disruption caused by the nationalization of the HBI plants in Venezuela.